New Delhi: Sania Mirza created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the world number one ranking in doubles and the good news has very much pleased her husband Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan's ex-cricket captain Malik said it was an honor for both the countries and he was proud of his Indian wife.
Mirza, 28, became the first Indian woman to achieve the feat after winning the Charleston title on Sunday while partnering with Swiss star Martina Hingis.
As told to a news agency, Malik said, “"It`s a matter of pride for Pakistan as she is my wife and, of course, she is from India and she represents her nation with 100 percent determination to be the best."
The couple got married in 2010 in ceremonies across both the countries.
Malik, who has been out of the Pakistan team for a year despite success at the domestic level, said Sania's victory would prove an inspiration for young fans.
Malik said he had celebrated with his family after watching the match from his hometown of Sialkot in Pakistan before calling his in-laws in India to congratulate them.
"I loved tennis before I married Sania, but now my heart is really in it. I watch her matches, and also those of her rivals to keep up to date. Also since most of the time she is playing I'm not with her, I watch also because I miss her a lot."
The 33-year-old all-rounder, who has played 216 one-day internationals, 59 Twenty20s and 32 Tests, added he was working hard to make a comeback to the Pakistan national team.